New Mexico has become the latest state to welcome illegal aliens as attorneys.
In other words, those who are breaking U.S. law by their presence in the country, will now be allowed to practice law in the Land of Enchantment. These illegal-alien lawyers will now be allowed to try to prevent their fellow illegal aliens from being deported.
A lawyer is an officer of the court and should at a minimum not be a lawbreaker.
The new policy helps to blur the line between illegal aliens, lawfully present aliens, and U.S. citizens, which has long been a goal of the open-borders Left. The Left wants to devalue and abolish citizenship and what it means to be American, and confer all the benefits of being legal on people who are illegal – and it is succeeding.
The Left deliberately obscures the distinction between illegal aliens and people who immigrated lawfully to the United States. It is part of the leftist war not only on American values but on the English language.
The Left aims to make the hordes of illegal aliens their various so-called immigration reforms have unleashed on their fellow Americans over the years seem normal and acceptable. This is also why the Left describes just about everyone touched by the nation’s immigration laws as an “immigrant” – whether they’re illegal aliens or legal permanent residents. Smearing anyone who believes in the rule of law as anti-immigrant over and over again makes people defensive and wears down the opposition. It’s a kind of brainwashing.
Leftists are also fond of invoking the magic of euphemism to make the social problems they create go away. Leftists claim the perfectly good legal phrase “illegal alien” is somehow sinister and dehumanizing. As of last year, California and Colorado had banned the phrase “illegal alien” in state laws. Democrats in Congress have tried to ban “alien” and “illegal alien,” replacing them with “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national.” The Thought Police in the Biden-Harris regime ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies in April 2021 to refrain from using “alien” and “illegal alien.”
Although left-wingers are fond of saying conservatives speak in code –former Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) famously said tax cuts were racist dog whistles (“It’s not ‘spic’ or ‘n*****’ anymore. They say, ‘Let’s cut taxes”)– leftists really do speak in code. They use code to advance their agenda while concealing what they are actually trying to do.
This makes reading the reports indoctrinated policy wonks write difficult to read because when they write about “immigrants” it is unclear if they actually mean lawfully present immigrants or if they are using the word as a euphemism for illegal aliens.
The unanimous decision by the all-Democrat Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, which came August 19 in the form of a new set of rules governing admission to the bar (pdf), is self-contradictory but it is clearer than most reports by leftist scribes.
The court made a policy decision, finding that going forward a lack of U.S. citizenship or immigration status may not be used to deny a law license to individuals in possession of a law degree and otherwise eligible to join the New Mexico Bar Association. The court order concurred with changes recommended by the Board of Bar Examiners and the Code of Professional Conduct Committee.
“The change in the licensure rule is grounded in the fundamental principle of fairness, and is consistent with New Mexico’s historical values of inclusion and diversity in its culture,” Chief Justice C. Shannon Bacon, a Democrat, said in a statement.
“New Mexico is aligned with at least eight other states that allow attorney licensure for some immigrants, and the American Bar Association has endorsed the principle of permitting attorneys to practice law regardless of immigration status,” Bacon said.
In my research, I found only six other states that allow illegals to practice law. They are California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New York, and Wyoming.
I asked Barry Massey, Public Information Officer for the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, to explain Bacon’s remarks.
“Our reference was to states that provide or have improved attorney licenses for immigrant populations, such as DACA recipients, legal immigrants and/or unauthorized immigrants,” Massey said by email. (DACA is then-President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration amnesty program that shields young people who came to the United States illegally from being deported.)
“In addition to those you listed, the 8 includes: Maine, which repealed a residency provision for applicants and a character reference requirement for foreign-trained applicants [and] Nevada, which prohibited the denial of an occupational or professional license based solely on the applicant’s citizenship or immigration status,” Massey said.
The New Mexico document states that a “License to practice law shall not be denied based solely on the applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.”
At the same time, the “Character and fitness standards and investigation” section that a law license applicant “bears the burden of proving good character in support of the application.”
“The revelation of discovery of any of the following may be treated as cause for further inquiry before the Board of Bar Examiners determines whether the applicant possesses the character and fitness to practice law…”
Two categories of problematic behavior are “unlawful conduct” and “acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.”
Of course, illegal aliens by definition are guilty of unlawful conduct and it is hard to imagine them going about their daily business without committing acts involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
In theory, the problematic behavior parts of the New Mexico ruling could still prevent an illegal alien from being given authorization to practice law, but don’t count on it.
Presumably, since the woke state chief justice, Democrat C. Shannon Bacon, and her fellow justices are hellbent on letting illegal aliens practice law, illegal or unethical conduct flowing out of an illegal alien’s everyday acts aimed at escaping detection by authorities or at falsely appearing to be a legal alien, such as stealing Social Security numbers or other documents or impersonating other people, won’t prevent him or her from being admitted to the bar.
Meanwhile, social justice warrior Jazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz of the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center told the Las Cruces Sun News that she was thrilled at the new rules. A beneficiary of the DACA program, she became an attorney in the state in 2017 under special rules.
The new attorney admission rules were a “great victory” that will safeguard her attorney status even if the Supreme Court eventually invalidates DACA. “I personally dedicated my career to doing exactly what this type of policy change does: Removing barriers to economic mobility and stability for immigrant families across our state,” she said.
“Having a diverse bar is important because we want our clients to see themselves represented in those who take their cases and advocate for them,” she said.
New Mexico Republicans denounced the ruling.
“New Mexico’s high court has become authoritarian and appears to be operating outside the limits of its power,” said state GOP chairman Steve Pearce.
“This latest rule will open our borders even more, and the Court seems to relish making arbitrary decisions without thinking about consequences. This Court has gotten out of control, and it believes it can do whatever it wants.”
Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, told me the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico’s decision struck him as more “political” than “legal.”
“It strikes me as interesting that the Chief Justice issued a statement,” Levey told me for another article. “Normally, the majority opinion would speak for itself.”
The decision is “really about policy—our state has values of inclusion and diversity.”
The ruling is based “on policy, which is the definition of judicial activism. Judicial activism is when you come up with an outcome-oriented decision based on the policies preferred by the judge or judges, rather than the law,” he said.
It is “bizarre” that in New Mexico “you can be here illegally, subject to arrest and deportation, and yet at the same time, you could be representing as a lawyer another illegal alien who’s facing the same thing.”
Kynarion Hellenis says
Licensed attorneys in the United States usually must pass the bar in states in which they do not hold a license. No state-licensed attorney may practice in federal court without passing the federal exam. Immigration law, we are constantly told, is a federal matter.
THX 1138 says
This is true — for now.
“The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.” – Ayn Rand
It’s called the Overton Window, and it’s moving pretty fast in the wrong direction.
Matthew Vadum says
Way too fast.
THX 1138 says
“It is “bizarre” that in New Mexico “you can be here illegally, subject to arrest and deportation, and yet at the same time, you could be representing as a lawyer another illegal alien who’s facing the same thing.”
Mr. Vadum, thank you for making me aware of this new bizarre development in the bizarre Socialist faith in New Mexico.
Faith and mysticism lead to the bizarre and bizarre contradictions. Socialism being an atheistic faith, an atheistic religion, an atheistic but mystical belief system, rejects an Almighty God, but replaces him with another Almighty Disembodied Ghost, namely Almighty Society. It therefore has no need for non-contradictory consistency, just like every faith-based, mystical, belief system.
“Consistency is a requirement of reason, not of faith.” – Ayn Rand
Algorithmic Analyst says
You’re the expert on New Mexico politics, you could keep us posted on what is going on there.
Matthew Vadum says
You’re most welcome.
Well, they’re just codifying what has already been going on for years. We had illegal attorneys and law students among us when I began law school.
Good comment about ‘code.’ Everything they say is a dog whistle – and often it’s a dog whistle and a gaslight at the same time.
Remember the goal is demoralizing us with more violence – which they blame on us
… and when we complain about the violence – we’re [insert dehumanizing insult term of the day].
Sooner or later the Normies will realize what’s going on and get Red Pilled –
– and let’s be clear – over 100+ million Americans have been Red Pilled.
G-d bless everyone here – except those who prefer not to be blessed. 😉
Upvote, and let’s continue to distribute those red pills!
Justin Swingle says
illegals have LONG practiced law in CALIFORNIA!
What does it say about the judicial, any judicial, whereby one can be in the country unlawfully and still become an ‘officer of the court’????
VIVA LA RAZA SUPREMACY???
John Bumpus says
Where are the Federal Courts in all of this illegal activity in New Mexico? I would think that it would be disqualifying to continued membership therein by members of the Federal Court Bar, whether judges or lawyers, to facilitate unlawful activity. But it seems that in our country now-a-days only Republicans have to comply with the law, Democrats are allowed to do whatever they please, law or no law, and NO ONE, not even Federal Court judges will do a darn thing about it!
old man says
Nothing can be much more lawlessness than this. Anyone who thinks America is a law and order country needs psychiatric help. The USA is dying in front our very eyes and no one cares.
Ted Weiland says
They are not lawyers anymore than is anyone who represents the Constitution as alleged law.
According to Isaiah 33:22 & James 4:12, there’s Only One lawgiver. Thus, only the Lawgiver’s law is true law. In turn, only those who represent the Lawgiver’s law are *law*yers.
Anyone who doesn’t represent the Lawgiver’s law is merely a legaler helping to make legal what the Lawgiver has made unlawful (e.g., in utero infanticide, sodomite “marriages,” etc.) and making illegal what the Lawgiver has deemed and even mandated as lawful (e.g. mandatory biblical qualifications for civil leaders, etc.).
For more, see blog article “Lawyers vs. Legalers” at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Search title on our Blog.
Then Chapter 4 “Article 2: Legislative Usurpation” of free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on the top entry on our Online Book page and scroll down to Chapter 4.
Ugly Sid says
How is it that non citizens have access to our courts?
Our courts exist for our citizens. That’s why they are our courts.
This is the whole point. Their courts are in their countries. They are entitled to petition the courts there, but not here.
And I do not expect any actually qualify as asylum applicants. The LEFT finds such systematic frauds very useful, meaning usefully destructive.
Andrew Blackadder says
Coming soon to a Federal Prison near you where the Prisoners become the Warden of the Prison as well as the Prison Guards, what could possibly go wrong?.
Where is Saul Goodman when you need him most?.